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After The Ending (The Ending Series, #1) by [Fairleigh, Lindsey, Pogue, Lindsey]
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The first book in the emotionally charged post-apocalyptic series: THE ENDING SERIES.

The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, "they" thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family...they're all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them--with the rest of the world--but I didn't. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I'd ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O'Connor, I'm twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We've all had to start over. I've been stripped of my home, my dreams...all that is me. I'm someone else now--broken and changed. Other survivors' memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won't let them consume me. I can't. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I'm twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

We've been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing--we'll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we're strong...we're survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamiliar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.

And more than anything, we have to find each other.

*Contains some mature content and language*

After the Ending is the compelling first installment in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi series that features intense action, crippling fear, addictive prose, and a touch of romance. Pick up this different take on the dystopian genre for free and start your new favorite series today!

Prequel - The Ending Beginnings: Omnibus Edition
Book 1 - After The Ending
Book 2 - Into The Fire
Book 3 - Out Of The Ashes
Book 4 - Before The Dawn
Companion 1 - The Ending Series: World Before (TBR)
Companion 2 - The Ending Series: World After (TBR)

About the Author

Lindsey Fairleigh is a former history teacher and current experimental cook who lives in Napa with her supportive husband and confused cats. Lindsey Pogue is a history addict, traveling fool, and food lover who dreams of the day she can go horseback riding, write, and read, all in a day's work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Publisher: L2 Books (23 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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670 of 692 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Apocalyptic soap opera... ????? 28 April 2013
By Chattykat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for a review.

So, this is a story about Zoe and Dani... they are both separated and traveling with different groups after the world was stricken by a deadly flu virus killing almost everyone. Those that have survived were all the people who had previously survived the H1N1 virus. And, apparently this somehow has caused many people to have developed "special powers". For example, Zoe can sort of read minds. What???

There is no gas, the phones don't work, no cable, people are looting and the world is falling apart... BUT apparently there is Wifi everywhere they go... even in a cabin out in the middle of nowhere there is Wifi!!! Seriously... Dani and Zoe are communicating by email as they travel... this makes no sense whatsoever. But, it never occurs to them to try to communicate with their missing loved ones... No... instead it's much more important to exchange daily drama updates of all the hot guys and skanky ho-ho's that are in their present company.

Everything that we read about what is happening to Dani and Zoe gets repeated when they are exchanging their emails so you're actually reading the same stuff twice which makes the book move very slow.

Dani and her boyfriend were sick together... he died... she didn't. Apparently they were desperately in love but within one week she's got the hots for another guy and is thinking about getting laid. Don't most people grieve when the love of their life dies??

A good majority of the characters in this book seem to be more concerned with getting laid and hooking up instead of thinking about how they're going to survive the end of the world. I seriously banged my head on my kindle in frustration at the sheer immaturity of these characters.

Here is one line that had me rolling:

"Cece held the knife up like a surgeon."

Yes, Cece was about to stab Dani while she was sleeping... like a surgeon??? Do surgeons do that??? I hope not...

Anyway, this is supposed to be an adult apocalyptic story but it felt like a High School Apocalyptic soap opera. It's not well written and too many events that take place are not explained at all or just don't make sense. So, it goes without saying that I would recommend passing on this one.
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Completely Crazy and Clean Apocalypse with only Gorgeous Survivors 8 December 2015
By JoanneG - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the concept of this story. A virus kills most of the people on earth and DOESN'T turn them into zombies. The people who survive develop special powers, such as the ability to heal faster, the ability to read minds, the ability to communicate with animals, etc.

Now, for the actual book. People get sick and die, but it seems like humanity goes quietly into that good night because there's very little panic, few incidents of "bad" behavior, and no dead bodies laying everywhere around.

The survivors seem to have it pretty good. They always have a place to stay. They always have plenty of food and water. There are hardly any incidents of violence where guns have to be used. It's a very clean apocalypse.

And all the people are beautiful. Dani, coming from the west coast and Zoe, coming from the east coast, are gorgeous and beautiful and tiny and petite and have hair down to their waists, which would be very inconvenient in the apocalypse. They meet up with other survivors to head to Colorado Springs where, supposedly, there is a colony of survivors.

Dani, who had been dying on the previous page, is rescued by Jason (Zoe's brother) and his army unit. He, of course, is absolutely gorgeous and Dani always had a crush on him. They had off to Colorado. Along the way, most members of their group develop special talents. Dani can talk to animals. Cool, huh. They also run into "Crazies". I guess these people didn't get a special talent and went crazy instead. Who knows?

Zoe, who also had been dying on the previous page, is rescued by a former boyfriend and they head to Colorado. Her special power is to read peoples' minds and memories. Zoe is rescued by another army unit and they stop at Fort Knox for the winter and meet a guy named Jack, who is, incredibly gorgeous. Of course he is.

There are so many descriptions of men's bodies, their abs, buttocks, arms, other interesting areas, etc. that it gets ridiculous. Ok, so I guess the virus only spared gorgeous men and beautiful women, too, along with making them psychic.

There's a bunch of jealousy stuff and injuries, which just slow both groups down from getting to Colorado. It takes forever for Dani and Jason to hook-up, even though they comes close about a hundred times. Zoe and Jack almost do it at the end of the book, but are interrupted by someone screaming.

I must say these men have incredibly self-control. They turn down these gorgeous women over and over again. Is that their special power? Stupid.

One funny thing: Dani mentions she's going to call Zoe and Jason tells her the phones don't work. So she just happily says, "I'll email her" because somehow WiFi is still working and continues to do so through much of the book.

The two groups meet up near the end of the book (with help from their psychic connection). It would have to be pretty awkward with everyone reading minds and Zoe able to see Dani sleeping with her brother (yuck).

Both groups also seem to get drunk a lot and there's never any mention of anyone keeping watch. Of course, each group has a wonderful dog that alerts them to danger, so why bother staying sober or posting a sentry? There are also people who gained bad powers and they have to be wary of them. Really, they do. They are very bad.

So, the premise for the book--good. The content of the book--completely unrealistic, filled with dumb characters doing stupid things, lots of sexual tension, but not much sex, so it's basically a soap opera in the apocalypse. Someone gets pregnant, too and the baby grows at an unnatural speed. I might have to read the next book just to see if the baby claws its way out of its mother and what its special power turns out to be. I know it will be one really beautiful baby.
374 of 393 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How did this get so many 4/5 star reviews?! 2 April 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gets one star for the fact that the premise intrigued me enough to download it. It was downhill from there. I'm still not quite sure why I even finished it... I was ready to not pick it up again after about 5 chapters.

Some things I found off putting:

- I didn't even care about the main characters. They are supposed to be 26 years old, but they act like they're 16. Their characters were flat. It bothered me that it is the end of the world as they know it and have lost lots of loved ones, and they seemed more concerned about drama and sex. If I was asked to describe the two main characters, I would probably say "horny" and "immature."
- way too much sex stuff... and it was all super cheesy. Those two main girls get turned on by everything! I got sick of the descriptions of how simply brushing against someone accidentally basically got them all hot and bothered.
- I know similies and metaphors make books more interesting and descriptive, but at times I felt like I was reading an English assignment in which the goal was go cram as many metaphors and similies into the pages as possible. Most of them sounded forced or like the authors were trying WAY to hard to be creative.
- it moved along So. Stinking. Slow.
- the "superpowers" plot was just weird.
- Over use of the "f" word. It was so unnecessary. I'm not a prude about language, but using it so much is pointless.

I can see how maybe 14 or 15 year-olds would like this, but even then, I wouldn't let my 14 year old read it because of the language and sex. If you consider yourself to have good taste in books at all, don't waste your time with this.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Immature, Derivative, and Insulting to My Intelligence 4 April 2015
By TVWatcher - Published on Amazon.com
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It's hard to believe it took two people to write this drivel. I felt as if I was reading a novel written by a mentally challenged 12 year old about how she believes it must feel to be an adult. The two main characters are supposedly in their mid-twenties, but speak as if they are the pivotal characters in a Sweet Valley High novel.
The entire story reminded me of watching a bad tv movie with plot points that go nowhere, 200 pages of nothing happening in the beginning, and complete and total ignorance of what it would actually be like to live in a world where rotting corpses are everywhere. Somehow, mysteriously, the Internet/power grid manages to stay up for months so these two twits can email each other about their love lives and other inconsequential news.My problems with this book are many.
I am a huge fan of apocalypse related fiction, but this had no edge to it whatsoever. I did think the plot could have been really interesting and fun in the right hands. In the book, over 80% of the world's population is killed by a particularly virulent strain of flu. The survivors of the plague have become endowed with either some additional supernatural type power or become insane. Doesn't seem like a lot of ways you could screw this up, but it was badly written and the characters were flat as pancakes that had been driven over by a semi-truck (I had a hard time even telling the main characters apart for the entire length of the story).
The novel was written in first person, but switched between the two main characters every few chapters but they couldn't have been more homogeneous and the whole thing ended up reading like a teenage romance novel.
I generally finish books I start, even if I don't enjoy them because I want them to get better, I'm hoping they will get better, I'm rooting for the author to change my mind. In this case, it was a complete waste of my time and I ended up liking myself less for getting all the way through it. It is so rare to find apocalypse fiction where the main protagonists are female, so when I found this book, I was excited for a new perspective. I am profoundly disappointed with by this attempt.
If you are an adult and a serious fan of end of the world stories, I highly recommend reading something, anything, else. I have greatly enjoyed the Surviving the Dead series by James Cook.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd read the top reviews 17 March 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I decided to read this book based on the recommendation of another post apocalyptic author, Sarah Lyons Fleming. I loved her three part series, Until the End of the World. At the end, she thanks Lindsey Fairleigh, and recommends you read her books. I started with this collaboration with Lindsey Pogue, because it was also post apocalyptic, as well as free.

21% and 78 pages in, I just can't stand it anymore. Like some of the other reviewers, I had lots of problems with the writing style and the character development, or lack thereof. I might be tossing in some spoilers after this.

Dani and Zoe , the two main characters, are just not likeable. They spend their time, after most everyone else has turned crazy or died from the flu, having completely inappropriate horndog feelings, or being semi attacked by other horndogs. Or having to witness other horndogs going at each other. The synopsis said that some survivors would have special powers, but horndoggedness is not a power. How stupid. I get it's the end of the world and some people might be getting down with their partners so they can feel like they're living, but the setup in the book doesn't call for it, and it in no way adds to the story. At least not in a good way.

Also, I was getting annoyed, like others, at the repetition in the emails. It could be a neat tool to deliver the story, but it wasn't used correctly. And I, like other reviewers, find it hard to believe there's WiFi and internet available everywhere, but no cell phones, electricity, or gas. Seriously? What's powering the routers providing the WiFi? Why can't you find a single car that still has gas in it after ten days, and transfer your stuff into it and drive?

Also, why does the little inexperienced college girl think of things like backpacks and supplies for foot travel, if needed, instead of any of the many military personnel she's traveling with? How is the water running if electricity and other utilities have all been out for days? Why the HECK is it taking them forever to get to the safezone, when Jason insisted at the beginning to get there ASAP?

It all seems fairly improbable, the way the story is tossed together. I was looking forward to a new, long series in my favorite genre, but this wasn't it for me. I will not be finishing the free first book, or any of the others on Kindle Unlimited.

Anyone have any other recommendations for me in the post apocalyptic genre? I've liked One Second After, Lights Out, Half Past Midnight, Jakarta Pandemic, 77 Days in September. Any awesome freebies out there?
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